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BREAKING: Penn State announces starting lineups ahead of UMass kickoff

BREAKING: Penn State has just released its starting lineup for today’s game against UMass.



Penn State, Drew Allar, James Franklin
September 9, 2023. Penn State head coach James Franklin leads his team to the field prior to the Nittany Lions' victory over Delaware. Credit: Grace Carella // Basic Blues Nation, 2023.

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Kickoff is about to happen for the 2023 Penn State football homecoming game against UMass. Coming off of a bye week slow starts have been historic for the Nittany Lions, can they change that narrative this week? James Franklin spoke about the new research his staff completed this summer to avoid this issue. Will we see more explosive plays today? Drew Allar alluded that the plays are there, they just need to capitalize. It would be great to see those ahead of next week’s matchup against Ohio State.

Penn State announces starting lineups ahead of UMass kickoff

Penn State quarterback Drew Allar has played more efficiently at Beaver Stadium at this point in his career but with bad weather in the forecast will the Nittany Lions focus on the run game?

Additionally, Penn State is optimistic about rotating in plenty of backups, will any true freshmen get their first playing time today? It’s a challenging balance of finding a rhythm on offense but also protecting your players ahead of the biggest game of the season next weekend. Let’s see how James Franklin handles this situation.


QB: Drew Allar

RB: Nick Singleton

WR: KeAndre Lambert-Smith, Harrison Wallace III, Liam Clifford

TE: Tyler Warren

LT: Olu Fashanu

LG: Vega Ioane

C: Hunter Nourzad

RG: Sal Wormley

RT: Caedan Wallace


DE: Chop Robinson, Adisa Isaac

DT: Zane Durant, Hakeem Beamon

LB: Curtis Jacobs, Kobe King, Abdul Carter

CB: Kalen King, Johnny Dixon (Daequan Hardy also listed among the starters)

S: KJ Winston, Jaylen Reed

Special Teams

K: Alex Felkins (placekicker), Gabe Nwosu (kickoffs)

P: Riley Thompson

LS: Tyler Duzansky

KR: Nicholas Singleton

PR: Kaden Saunders

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